Safe Routes to School
The City of San Mateo officially kicked off its Safe Routes to School program in June 2023, following years of grant-supported related efforts. We collaborate with local school districts, local schools, the County Office of Education, the San Mateo Police Department, parent and community volunteers, and other community groups to implement the Safe Routes to School program, which is part of a nationwide effort to encourage students and families to get to school safely by means other than a car.
Why Walk and Roll to School?
Walking and biking to school keeps children happy, healthy and focused. It establishes healthy habits and an active lifestyle that is more likely to continue as children age. It promotes social inclusion, functional independence and spatial intelligence. And it improves transportation safety, reduces traffic congestion and helps us all combat climate change.
6Es: Components of a Safe Routes to School Program
- Education: Pedestrian and bicycling safety workshops
- Encouragement: Student incentives to promote participation
- Engagement: Begin by listening to students, families, teachers, school leaders and working with existing community organizations, and build intentional, ongoing engagement opportunities into the program structure.
- Engineering: Infrastructure improvements to support safe school commutes
- Evaluation: Conduct student travel tallies and parent surveys to assess school commute patterns
- Equity: Support safe, active, and healthy school commute options for all community members
How Can I Walk or Bike to My School?
Find your school and click the map to view a suggested walk/bike route for the Safe Routes to School Program.